The key to getting the best result with regards to a tax investigation is control. The best way to keep control is to engage with someone who has significant experience of dealing with tax investigations who will ensure that HMRC are provided with what the law allows and no more.
Managing the flow of information to HMRC and knowing how to tell HMRC if there are issues before HMRC find them is also important and all of this can have a significant impact in:
Most HMRC tax investigations follow a format and most people (including accountants) just assume that HMRC are entitled to anything they ask for. They get a request for information and rush round in a panic to provide it.
Our experience is that HMRC often ask for significant amounts of information in a tax investigation which they are not legally entitled to. Where this information is provided, it leads to many additional questions which would not have been asked if HMRC had been restricted to what the law says they can have. If nothing else this leads to costs and time delays that were not needed.
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